We are delighted to be running our annual Long Room Lunch, now in our sixth consecutive year, in the hallowed environs of the spiritual ‘home of cricket’. This year’s event will see another stellar panel discussing their careers and giving their thoughts on a range of issues including the recent Ashes tour, and this summer’s line-up for England this year. We are thrilled to have a stunning line-up of guests including current key man for England, and one of our greatest ever bowlers, Stuart Broad, up-and-coming recent England debutant Craig Overton, and South African fast bowling legend, Allan Donald.
Our host for the day is SKY Sports’ David Fulton, and with a delicious lunch and complimentary bar, and a live performance from talented classical crossover artist Annalise Whittlesea, this is a day that will live long in the memory for your clients and colleagues.
The Long Room at Lord's: Renowned as “the most evocative four walls in the world of cricket”, the Long Room in the Lord's Pavilion has been at the epicentre of the game for time immemorial. Artwork from across the centuries adorns every wall, with the haughty gazes of the likes of WG Grace and Sir Jack Hobbs mingling with more modern icons of the game, such as Sir Ian Botham and Shane Warne. The service and catering in the Long Room are of the very highest calibre, as befits such a magnificent venue; you and your guests are sure to be enchanted by the whole experience.
Stuart Broad: We are thrilled to welcome one of the England team’s key men, and greatest ever bowlers, to our event this year. With over 400 Test wickets to his name at an average of under 30, Stuart is England’s second highest wicket-taker of all-time, hot on the tail of team-mate James Anderson. After making his Test debut at the tender age of 21, he has gone on to rack up over 100 appearances in both Test and ODI formats, adding a further 178 wickets in the latter format. A very handy lower order batsman, with an average over 20, Stuart holds the second highest Test score ever batting at No. 9 with his 169 against Pakistan in 2010, with the 332 run partnership with Jonathan Trott being a world record for the 8th wicket. Remarkably, he has taken two Test hat-tricks, one against India in 2010, and the second against Sri Lanka in 2014. A veteran of six Ashes series, winning four, Stuart was also a key player in the 2010 ICC World Twenty20 triumph. Always a feisty and combative opponent on the pitch, we are really looking forward to hearing from one of English cricket’s greatest players.
Allan Donald: If the credit for South Africa's success in the modern era could be given to one player, that cricketer would be Allan Donald. He took 330 wickets in 72 tests, at an average of 22.25, and would undoubtedly have taken even more if the apartheid ban on South Africa hadn’t delayed the start of his international career until he was 25. A classical action and top-drawer pace would have won him a place in any side in his prime, and for much of his career he was the only world-class performer in the South African team, spearing the ball in, shaping it away and always making things happen. His strike rate was below 50 in Tests and close to 30 in one-day internationals, placing him at the very top echelon in the pantheon of modern bowlers. No living South African player, past or present, commands as much respect from the public and his peers as Donald, his battles with England captain Mike Atherton were legendary, but off the field there was always great mutual respect. We are delighted to welcome one of the greats of the modern game as one of our panel.
Craig Overton: An up-and-coming star of English cricket, Craig made his debut for Somerset in 2012 when barely 18. With over 200 First Class scalps to his name, and a batting average in the twenties, he was Somerset’s leading wicket-taker in 2015. Craig made his maiden First Class century in 2016, scoring 138 against Hampshire, and another excellent season last summer saw him add to his burgeoning reputation with 46 scalps at 22.39, and useful knocks lower down the order. It was no surprise when England came calling, and Craig made his Test debut in the Second Test of the recent Ashes series. His very first Test wicket was none other than talismanic Aussie captain Steve Smith, finishing top bowler with 3-105 in Australia’s first innings, then top-scoring in England’s first innings with 44! After featuring in the next Test, he sadly picked up an injury which kept him out of the rest of the Series. Craig looks to have a promising future with the England team!
David Fulton: A right-handed batsman, David enjoyed a 15 year first class career with Kent, playing in 200 First Class matches with an average in the high 30s, and over 100 limited overs games. His best professional season came in 2001, when he scored an incredible 1892 First Class runs at an average of just under 76, a season which saw him named Player of the Year by the Professional Cricketers’ Association. Since retiring from the game in 2006, David has forged a career as a cricket journalist, writing for The Times, and appearing regularly on Sky Sports’ cricket coverage. In 1993 he took the catch to dismiss Viv Richards in his final First Class innings!
Annalise Whittlesea (Elysium III): After captivating guests at our event at the Long Room last year with Amelia Whiteman, we are thrilled to welcome Annalise back to entertain us once again. A classical crossover performer with a unique style and flair, you will be amazed by the uplifting talents of Annalise. The classically trained singer has been entertaining audiences around the world for a number of years, putting a classical spin on contemporary hits, with stunning results.
Please note: In the unlikely event any of our speakers have to drop out, we will replace them with current or former internationals of high standing.